In 1964, Marian College student John Sweany wanted to bring the excitement he experienced as a member of his high school marching band to Marian College. With just six classmates and some bargain instruments, he formed the Marian College Blue Knights—the first college drum and bugle corps in the United States.
Since the university launched its football program, the Marian University Marching Knights have performed at every home football game and are the only local university marching band that presents a competition-style show.
The Marching Knights perform in local, regional, and national events, including the Bands of America Super Regional Championships and Bands of America Grand Nationals, both at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. They have also performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the city's Mexican Independence Day Celebration, and national collegiate cycling competitions at the Indy Cycloplex, among others.
We invite you to become a Marching Knight! You don't have to be a music major to join the fun. Talk to us about auditioning for a marching band scholarship. For more information, please contact: